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HEALTHY ROUTINES

Healthy routines mean different things to each individual and at the current time, routines have had to change for many people. Start the day right ~ today’s official nutrition guidelines recommend breakfast since the body uses energy and nutrients overnight.  Research has shown that children who skip breakfast perform less well academically, socially and emotionally. Eating breakfast improves children’s problem…

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Bullying at work

Bullying is abuse that can take place at work or in situations related to work.  The victim may be threatened, abused verbally or physically attacked.  Verbal abuse may develop into a more serious situation if left unchallenged.  Harassment is unwanted behaviour that you find offensive or which makes you feel afraid or shamed. It can happen on its own or alongside…

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RECOVERING FROM ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Children’s brains develop and build over time; positive loving interactions with their caregivers provide a solid start in life.  All children need safe nurturing experiences, to feel loved, important and able to trust adults.  If children grow up in a stressful environment, where they do not feel safe or happy this can lead to problems throughout their lives. The child…

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SELF-TALK – IS IT POSITIVE?

We all have negative thoughts at times, imagine them as a few annoying gnats that we might need to swat away, they are there but are not stopping us getting on with our lives.  Some people have swarms of negative thoughts that can seriously stop them from moving forward with their lives.  These can stem from childhood or past experiences…

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HAPPINESS RECIPE

All living things have needs; sunflowers need adequate sunshine and enough water to produce a beautiful flower and seeds so the process can begin again. For humans needs are greater – food, water, shelter, keeping safe, exercise and a means of earning money.  There are also emotional needs too such as a sense of belonging, confidence and relationships.  Abram Maslow…

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REIKI ~ WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, an energy that is all around us. Natural Healing Reiki is the name given to a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan from the experience and dedication of Dr Mikao Usui (d. 1926). Fired by an intriguing question, Dr Usui was inspired to develop this healing system…

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POSE FOR SUCCESS

The Power pose – Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and perhaps even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. During her research, Amy…

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SUICIDE ~ WOULD YOU KNOW HOW TO TALK TO A SUICIDAL FRIEND?

Suicide is the single cause of death in men under the age of 50. Divorced men or those whose relationships have broken down are three times more at risk. Do you know anyone who is struggling?  Would you feel able to ask if they were thinking of ending their lives?  Asking them does not make it any more likely to…

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SUNSHINE AND WELLBEING

Being outside is a great way of lifting mood and sunshine gives us the benefits of Vitamin D too.  Vitamin D keeps the bones, muscles and teeth health as well boosting the immune system.  In the UK one in five people have a Vitamin D deficiency, symptoms being tiredness, weakness, muscle pain and not feeling mentally alert.  Getting outdoors for…

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COUNSELLING OR COACHING ~ WHICH ONE FOR ME?

Are you are struggling with anxiety or depression, or is life getting on top of you?  Perhaps you have been through a bereavement or relationship break-up? It can be difficult to choose which type of help you need if especially if you have never had support before and are not sure of the options.  It is worth speaking to a…

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